I listened to Abbey Road just the other day and it struck me was the use of leitmotiv, something usually reserved for symphonic works such as those of Wagner or Strauss. Beatles later work is intertextual (the Walrus was Paul). Cutting albums to pieces can even destroy the lyrical sense if there is one. Even The White Album has a sense of journey about it and you always know, because it is burned into your receptors, which track is coming next.
|good brushwork but no cigar|
Some albums deserve listed status. That is, nobody should be allowed to bugger them up.
I nominate Aqualung, by Jethro Tull. Now, I know Ian Anderson tells everybody that it is not a concept album, but as a whole it tells a story from different points of view. It too has a narrative and the songs are intertextual. Like all albums that should be on the proteceted list, it is part of an experience, part of wine with friends and girls or boys you knew at the time.
Nominations please, for albums that should have grade one listed status.